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Blessing for Sidney Rigdon, 2 October 1835

Blessed of the Lord is brother Sidney [Rigdon]: notwithstanding he shall be high and lifted up, yet he will humble himself like  an ass that coucheth beneath his burden, that learneth his master’s will by the stroke of the rod, thus saith the Lord. Yet the  Lord will have mercy on him, and he shall bring forth much fruit, even as the vine of the choice grape, before  the time of the gleaning of the vintage, and the Lord shall make his heart merry as with sweet wine because of him who  putteth forth his hand and lifteth him up out of deep mire and pointeth him out the way and guideth  his feet when he stumbles, and humbleth him in his pride. Blessed are his generations: nevertheless, one shall  hunt after them as a man hunteth after an ass that is strayed in the wilderness and straitway find eth him and bringeth him into the fold: and thus shall the Lord watch over his generations that they  may be saved. A spokesman unto the Lord shall he be all the days of his life; and it shall come to pass that he shall  hold the rod as of Aaron, in his right hand. He shall be called blessed, and his name shall be held sacred among  all nations. He shall be called to stand before kings <governors> and rulers, and among the nobles and the great ones  of the earth: and there shall be no greater, in this generation, for the Lord shall reveal unto the Seer of  Israel, and he shall declare it. And his testimony shall be borne off triumphantly victorious. He  shall put to flight and to shame his enemies, who have endeavored to hold him in bondage: he shall  live to see them wasted out of the earth, and he shall walk proudly upon their places of their dead.  He shall never be disgraced in his generations, but they shall rise up and do honor to his name;  and his name shall be had among them as a sweet memorial, from generation to generation,  forever. And it shall come to pass that he shall sit in council with the Ancient of Days. He shall  see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and handle with his hands of the word of life, and shall  say, I am satisfied, my soul doth magnify God. Great and numberless are the multiplicity of blessings  which shall be poured out upon the head of brother Sidney. He shall have abundance of the good  things of this earth, because of the nobility of his soul, and his liberality to the poor. He shall not de crease, but increase an hundred fold, in houses and in lands, and in the increase of his fields,  and of all that he hath: And his mind shall never fail, neither his understanding unto the end;  even so. Amen.
Oliver Cowdery, clerk and Recorder.
Given December 18, 1833, and recorded in this book October 2, 1835. [p. 13]
Blessing, JS to Sidney Rigdon, Kirtland, OH, 2 Oct. 1835; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery; in Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, p. 13; CHL.

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